The power of potential


Verlander Trade shortens an already small list of veterans who have stayed with their original equipment

The Justin Verlander trade to Houston has increased the Astros’ chances of advancing in the postseason, but it has diminished an already limited roster in the majors. After spending his entire career with the Detroit Tigers until the deal was made last week, Verlander is now one of the few veterans of ten years or more to have played for just one team.

Here’s the list of those who still qualify to join the ranks of recent Hall of Famers Derek Jeter and Tony Gwynn. Each star remained with his original team throughout a career that ended in Cooperstown, Jeter as a member of the New York Yankees and Gwynn with the San Diego Padres.

Each of these five boys began their major league careers so long ago that George Bush was the president of the United States.

David wright

Although his career in recent seasons has been derailed by injuries, the All-Star third baseman served as the face of the New York Mets since his first career at bat on July 21, 2004. Despite many trips to the disabled On the list, Wright has still managed to average 25 home runs, 99 RBIs and a 296 batting average during his thirteen years.

Joey votto

The future Hall of Fame slugger began his major league career on September 4, 2007, and has been with the Reds ever since. He has become one of the most revered hitters in the game, having been selected as the National League MVP in 2012.

Joe mauer

After a sensational high school career in the Twin Cities, Mauer made his Minnesota debut on Opening Day in 2004. He spent the first few seasons behind the plate, becoming the first catcher to win an American League batting title. His 2009 season was so extraordinary that he was selected as the Most Valuable Player, in addition to winning a Silver Slugger Award, a Gold Glove and an All-Star start.

Yadier Molina

Unlike Mauer at Minnesota, Molina has stayed behind the plate his entire career with St. Louis. He made his debut for the Cardinals on June 3, 2004, and has since won seven Gold Gloves, eight All-Star starts, a Silver Slugger and four pennants. As the undeniable face of the club, Molina led St. Louis to the World Series Championships in 2006 and 2011.

Dustin Pedroia

Since he was called up to the majors on August 22, 2006, Pedroia has been the driving force for the Red Sox. While David Ortiz was the apparent leader in the clubhouse, Pedroia as second baseman was the captain while the team was on the field. He was selected as Rookie of the Year in 2007, and exactly one year later he won the AL Most Valuable Player award. Pedroia was the key factor in Boston winning two World Championships, the first in 2007 and then a few years later in 2013.

Adam wainwright

The right-hander was called up in September by the Cardinals, a year after his drummer partner Molina made his debut. In nine of his twelve seasons since then, Wainwright has racked up double digits in the win column with nineteen in the majors in 2009. Even at age 35 last year, his 12-5 record gave him the best winning percentage. in the Senior Circuit.


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